Naked on Facebook? It could happen to you

Hacker George Bronk used public Facebook info to access (and share) nude photos of random women. Feeling overexposed yet?


OK, I have a few questions here, and the first one is this:

1. Where were these women when I was single? Best thing I ever got on email was a “xxx ooo” in the signature.

2. Do that many people really still send nudie pix via email? Isn’t that why God and AT&T invented Sexting?

Police found more than 170 images on Bronk’s hard drive, but so far have only identified 46 of the women pictured there. So if you’re a woman reading this and a) have a cache of nude shots in your Sent folder, and b) have noticed people pointing at you and giggling as you walk by, you may be one of them.

People who comment on this blog often ask what’s wrong with making your Facebook information accessible to 600 million people – you know, the whole “sharing is the new social norm” argument that Zucky likes to push.

Well, here’s a good reason not to. Some RAD is trolling your profile for secrets, simply because he can. (Unless, of course, you want your bare assets buttered all over the InterWebs. Some people do.) Bronk got caught; how many more RADs just like him are still out there?

This incident also points out the systemic problems of relying on simple passwords as the lone barrier to uninvited guests. We are well past the point where secure connections (https) and two- or even three-factor authentication (a password or phrase, plus a swipe card or your cell phone) should be required for all services where we share personal information.

A RAD like Bronk can steal or change your password in a heart beat. Being able to do it while also stealing your phone? Not so likely.

But in the meantime, if you don’t want the world seeing you in the altogether, it’s time to make your Facebook page a wee bit less accessible and more private. Don’t you think?

ITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan has never posted or emailed nude pix of himself to anyone, for which the entire planet is grateful. Take a walk with him on the snider side at eSarcasm (Geek Humor Gone Wild) or follow him on Twitter:@tynan_on_tech.

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